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History

In 2018, no prize was awarded for either the Picture Book or the Young Readers categories.

Winners (also see subcategories)v978

2000 winner y separately published work icon Dreamcatcher Jen McVeity , Port Melbourne : Lothian , 1999 8442827 1999 single work children's fiction children's

'Tess used to believe her father would always be there. But that was before he got caught up with his rising political career. Tess is different now, too. Shuttling between two homes and two mothers, she's dropped out of championship swimming and almost out of school as well. The only thing that interests her is leading a group of young environmental activists, the Green Guerillas'. And even though Tess never goes near the water now, she still has nightmares about drowning ... The warm characterizations save all the cliches surrounding broken families, this engrossing Australian tale has a refreshing view of children struggling with the fallout from divorce. Tess's growing awareness of her dad's imperfections and his realization of his own shortcomings make the ending not only happy, but believable.'' (Publication summary)

1995 winner y separately published work icon Fracture Zone Jonathan Harlen , Norwood : Omnibus Books , 1994 Z509301 1994 single work novel young adult
1994 winner y separately published work icon Dougy James Moloney , St Lucia : University of Queensland Press , 1993 Z517389 1993 single work novel young adult (taught in 1 units)

'I'm nobody much That's the way Dougy sees himself. Struggling at school, Dougy is quiet. He watches more than he speaks. His siblings, Raymond and Gracey, are the one with the talent- his brother a star footballer and his sister just picked for the state athletic championships. When racial tensions engulf their lonely town in the Australian outback, madness grips and hot-headed men give way to their fears. And waiting in the rising river waters lurks something even more dangerous. Death is stalking Dougy's sister, Gracey, unless he can save her. Can a nobody stand against such forces? Is there more to Dougy than even he knows?' (Publication summary)

1993 winner y separately published work icon Crossfire James Moloney , St Lucia : University of Queensland Press , 1992 Z248006 1992 single work novel young adult When Luke is suspended for taking a rifle to school, he's in big trouble. But his mother's unexpected hospitalisation means that he can join his father on a forbidden hunting trip, where he discovers the guns, the killing, and even his father aren't quite as he imagined.
1992 winner y separately published work icon Change the Locks Simon French , Gosford : Ashton Scholastic , 1991 Z545130 1991 single work novel young adult It is only chance and coincidence that begin to explain the mystery of Steven's memories and the fear that accompanies them because his mother continually evades his questions about the past.
1991 winner y separately published work icon Two Weeks With the Queen Morris Gleitzman , London : Blackie , 1989 Z509661 1989 single work novel humour young adult (taught in 3 units) "Sent to live with relatives in England when his younger brother develops a rare form of cancer, Colin tries to see the Queen to help find a cure for his brother." (Source: Trove)
1990 winner y separately published work icon The Blue Chameleon Katherine Scholes , Melbourne : Hill of Content , 1989 Z419216 1989 single work novel young adult

"Story of famine in the deep Sahara, the ozone hole over Antarctica, the dangerous legacy of a dead biologist - and Beui Ish-Mahel, the survivor of an ancient desert clan. The B̀lue chameleon' is currently being adapted as a screenplay." (Source: Trove)

1989 winner y separately published work icon You Take the High Road Mary K. Pershall , Ringwood : Penguin , 1988 Z176450 1988 single work novel young adult
1988 inaugural winner y separately published work icon Deezle Boy Eleanor Spence , Blackburn : Collins Dove , 1987 Z453741 1987 single work novel young adult

'Grant loves trains and the morning he sees the inter-city XPT is just the start of what turns out to be the extraordinary day on which he is kidnapped by an unfamiliar woman and her daughter.' -- Libraries Australia record.

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